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Illinois has some of the strongest gun laws in the country, and much of its gun violence is due to guns trafficked in from neighboring states with weak laws.

Recently, Illinois has taken critical action to invest in community violence intervention programs, close gaps in its firearm relinquishment laws, strengthen background check processes, regulate the ghost gun industry, and comprehensively restrict uniquely dangerous weapons like large-capacity magazines and assault weapons. In 2021, Illinois had the 27th lowest rate of gun deaths among the states. Far more crime guns are trafficked into Illinois than out of the state. In 2021, Illinois imported crime guns from other states at the third highest rate in the nation, and the state imported crime guns at a rate four times as it exported.

What Illinois Does Well

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Domestic violence gun laws
  • Community violence intervention funding
  • Minimum age laws
  • Waiting periods
  • Open carry regulations
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Ghost gun regulations
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Regulating gun dealers

What Illinois Is Missing

  • Central searchable law enforcement repository of firearm sale records
  • Gun violence victims’ access to justice and firearm industry accountability law
  • Firearm access restrictions for people convicted of most violent misdemeanors
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Stronger local authority to regulate firearms
  • Stronger child access prevention or safe storage laws



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.